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This project was successfully funded on October 12, 2012.

20 Photographs inspired by the historic archives of L'Enfer, the worlds largest collection of Erotica, located in Paris, France

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NEW STRETCH GOALS~

Given the success of our fundraising project so far, we have decided to add these new Stretch Goals to make the most of our Kickstarter fundraiser! With these new goals also comes new rewards! Please take a look at what we are offering to donors should we reach these goals!

NEW GOALS and REWARDS:

$4,000 would allow us to make a series of short videos based off the L'Enfer archives. The videos would be 3-5 minutes each and would be included in the exhibitions of our work at the Cite Internationale des Arts residency.

All donors over $50 would receive, in addition to the already listed rewards, a signed, limited edition print of a video still from the series.

$5,000 would give us the means to make an original, limited edition artists book! The book would include all the images from our photographic series, video-stills from our video series, as well as information and images about the L'Enfer archive. We envision the book as a catalog of our project, and will include our personal notes and selected essays that influence and shape our practice.

All donors over $100 would receive, in addition to the already listed rewards, a signed, limited edition copy of our book!

We hope you take advantage of these great rewards!

Much love from Paris and beyond, Kris and Alison. XOX

HELLO EVERYONE!  

We've been so fortunate to have made more than our original goal!

Thinking big now.

With 9 days still left to go, we would like to invite those of you who haven't yet had the chance to donate a new exciting opportunity.  $4,000 dollars would allow us to make a short series of videos for our exhibition.  $5,000 dollars would allow us the funds to create a limited edition artists book!  So, with 9 days to go, we're offering :

IN ADDITION to the rewards already listed:

ALL donors over $50.00 receive a signed photograph of a video still!

ALL donors over $100.00 receive a signed copy of our artists book!

THANKS SO MUCH AGAIN TO EVERYONE THAT DONATED! TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT US!

Please consider donating if you haven't already :)

OUR STORY

Five years after completing our BFA’s together at Columbia College Chicago, we coincidentally move to France at the same time in the fall of 2001. The more time we spent together sight-seeing, museum-hopping, late-night-skyping, consuming copious amounts of coffee while musing on French feminist poetics, we discovered a profound intersection in our individual practices and research, and decided to become artistic collaborators. With our very first project proposal, we are excited to learn that we have been awarded a four month-long residency to complete a collaborative project at the Cité Internationale des Arts Program in Paris.  The residency will provide us with a studio space and access to a wide range of facilities to work and research in the center of one of the most culturally rich and historic cities in the world.

OUR PROJECT

Our project is to create a series of photographs and video-performances based on the world’s largest archive of erotica called L’Enfer. The archive is comprised of more than 1,700 books, photographs, and prints dating back to the year 1800. It consists of both anonymous and unknown artists as well as many icons of French culture such as the Marquis de Sade, Charles Baudelaire, and Georges Bataille. Our interest in this archive lies in the historical depiction of the female body. In our research, we will cull images and text in order to re-appropriate them in a contemporary discourse. We will combine our backgrounds in painting, photography, video, and theory to create a body of work that deals with issues in feminist philosophy.

From the L'Enfer Archives
From the L'Enfer Archives

WITH YOUR HELP...

Your support will give us the means to create a project that will culminate in a solo exhibition in Paris! And in order to thank you, we’ve come up with a variety of exciting rewards for your donations. (Just look to the right of this page!) Please consider helping us in making this project a reality. By donating to this project you will be giving two American girls the chance make the most of this exciting opportunity!

Le Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Le Bibliothèque Nationale de France

FOLLOW OUR PROJECT BLOG HERE:  http://kriscasey-alisonrhoades.blogspot.fr/

CHECK OUT THE RESIDENCY PROGRAM AT THE CITÉ INTERNATIONAL DES ARTS: http://www.citedesartsparis.net 

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE L'ENFER ARCHIVE IN THIS ARTICLE ABOUT THE 2007 EXHIBITION "L'ENFER:  HELL AT THE LIBRARY" http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/16/arts/design/16eros.html?pagewanted=all

CHECK OUT OUR BIOS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT US AND OUR BACKGROUNDS, AND DON'T FORGET TO LOOK AT OUR EXCELLENT REWARDS!   -------------->>

Risks and challenges

It's true that every project has it's challenges, particularly when you're far away from home and speaking a new language. However, we are confident that we are embarking on exciting new territory, and have fantastic material to work with. And we can't wait to begin!

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    An original printed postcard of a work made at the residency by Kris and Alison, signed by the artists, and mailed to your home

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    10 backers

    An original printed postcard of a work made by the artists with an original French-feminism-inspired haiku composed by Kris and Alison mailed to your home

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    An original printed postcard of a work made by the artists (complete with a French-feminism-inspired haiku, mailed to you along with a handwritten thank you letter including one of our favorite french recipes!

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    All of the above, PLUS A 5x7 original print of a work made by the artists at the residency and mailed to your home.

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    All of the above, PLUS ten hand-decorated flash cards with need-to-know Parisian phrases mailed to your home.

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    All of the above, AND an extra 5x7 print, all mailed to your home.

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    An 8x10 FRAMED print of a work made by Kris and Alison at the residency, PLUS the postcard, haiku, letter and recipe, and hand-decorated flash cards with need-to-know parisian phrases

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    ALL of the previously listed rewards PLUS a 20x24 collaborative painting made by Kris and Alison at the residency and mailed to your home! You are our hero!!

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